Letter to the Editor Focus should be on best utility rate relief
“South Carolina customers could see refunds in a utility sale” (a recent Associated Press report) points out that the acquisition of SCANA by Dominion Energy will result in an average refund of $1,000 and a 5 percent rate reduction for SCE&G customers. While this deal marks a step in the right direction, I believe the question we should ask for any proposed solution to the nuclear debacle should be: “Is this the best deal for all of our hardworking families across South Carolina? Period.”
The deal provides no reprieve for the Santee Cooper and the electric cooperative customers across the state who are shouldering more than $4 billion in V.C. Summer debt. Selling the state-owned utility, Santee Cooper, is the only way these customers will ever see relief.
Thousands of families across South Carolina have already spent billions of dollars to cover the debt from the failed V.C. Summer nuclear project. These same families will continue to struggle to pay rates for electricity they never have and never will receive. Our collective efforts, simply, should focus on providing the best rate relief for the people of South Carolina.
Chairman of the Palmetto Energy Coalition